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Neighborhood and Built Environment

Recognizing the connection between people’s health and well-being and where they live — including their housing, neighborhood and environment — California’s hospitals have developed innovative community-based programs that promote access to healthy foods for healthy eating patterns; transportation access and mobility; injury prevention and safety; and parks, playgrounds and walkability.


Call to Action: San Diego County Childhood Obesity Action Plan (COI): Reducing and preventing childhood obesity through policy, system and environmental change in San Diego County.


Healthy Habits: Teaching healthy eating and the benefits of physical activity to children and families in underserved communities.


Healthy Living Grant Program: Supporting collaborative approaches to promoting healthy living through good nutrition, physical activity, cancer and diabetes prevention and smoking cessation in the Greater San Gabriel Valley.


Kids Eat Right: Offering a kid-friendly, science-based program for fourth-graders in Monterey County.


Move More, Eat Healthy: Increasing awareness of good nutrition and physical activity through sustainable policy, infrastructure, systems and programs in North Orange County.


Pediatric Weight Control Program: Teaching lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits for overweight children, adolescents and their families through the Stanford Children’s Health Center.


Project Dulce: Improving the lives of people with diabetes through culturally appropriate, community-based diabetes management, education and support programs in San Diego.


San Diego Teaching Kitchen: Helping people of all ages learn how to plan and prepare healthy foods.



Care-a-Van for Kids: Providing a no-cost transportation service for low-income children and families with no reliable means of transportation who are receiving medical treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.


Patient Transportation Collaboration: Shuttling patients to and from important medical appointments in Clear Lake.


Senior Transportation Program: Driving frail, isolated and disabled individuals over the age of 60 in Contra Costa County to medical appointments.



Injury Free Coalition for Kids: preventing injury to children through efforts that are anchored in research, education and advocacy in San Diego and southern Riverside counties.


Safe Kids San Diego: Convening a grassroot coalition to discuss injury trends, share resources and plan community-based educational programs.


Safe Routes to School: Increasing the safety of children who walk or bike to school in San Diego and southern Riverside counties.


Transportation Safety Program: Providing education on safety in and around vehicles and while traveling on airlines; serving San Diego and southern Riverside counties.



3 Wins Project: Offering free fitness programs, health education, wellness visits, motivational support and linkage to services in the San Fernando Valley.


Center for Nature and Health: In San Francisco, conducting original research on nature and health, promoting the study of nature and health and providing clinical care in nature.


Creating Opportunities for Physical Activity (COPA): Partnering with school districts in the Southern California region to improve student health. 


Health Champions: Promoting increased physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, as well as advocating for a healthy environment, among middle and high school students in San Diego County.


Healthy for Life: Addressing childhood health by providing nutritional information and physical education to school-age children in Sonoma County.


KaBOOM! Build: Building a safe place for children to play in Fresno.